Young Staff Has The Colorado Rockies Looking Like Contenders
Don’t look now but the National League West is really shaken up compared to recent times. Granted, we are just a week and a half into the 2017 season, but it’s worth noting that the 69-93-in-2016 Arizona Diamondbacks are currently holding a one-game lead over the 75-87 in 2016 Colorado Rockies. We’ve grown so accustomed to the Dodgers and Giants battling it out every year since the beginning of this decade that we kind of forget about the other teams in this division.
No longer: the Colorado Rockies are here to play. As of April 12, the Rox stand at 6-3, trailing the D’Backs by a single game. It’s always been a matter of the pitching holding up their end, while the perennially-plus offensive side rocks Coors. (Editor inserted pun, not Jordan’s fault.) Of course, the guys on the hill are cursed by the Coors Field altitude, but the Rockies staff is growing more and more appealing thanks to a series of quality trades and draft choices.
To date, arguably the top-three hitters in the Colorado lineup are all hitting BELOW the Mendoza Line. Carlos Gonzalez (.188), Trevor Story (.143) and DJ LeMahieu (.188) have all displayed early season struggles.
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